Millennium Park   |   Sept 22 - 24


Let's Celebrate

Millennium Park   |   September 22 - 24, 2017


        Selfies weren’t a thing yet in 2008. Neither were mobile apps, Instagram or kale. But Chicago’s world-class culinary scene was alive and well, and the Illinois Restaurant Association wanted to share it with the world. Chicago Gourmet was born. (We’re a Capricorn!)
        Luckily for us, Rick Bayless was quick to jump on board. Art Smith, Stephanie Izard, Paul Kahan and a host of other top Chicago chefs did too. Woo hoo! Premium wineries and spirit companies were next to join in along with renowned Master Sommeliers Fred Dame, Alpana Singh, and Serafin Alvarado. Along the way we launched the website, developed the programming, and got the word out. Oh, and we held our breath. And then, in September, we exhaled when a terrific crowd of food and wine enthusiasts joined us for the first ever Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park.
        When the weekend was over, one thing was clear. The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel may have summed it up best when he said, “Everyone wants to do this again.” (Chicago Tribune, September 29, 2008)

        We’ve grown up a lot since then. Title sponsor Bon Appétit magazine and presenting sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits are now valued partners. Hundreds of participants and thousands of guests join us every year for the main event, Hamburger Hop and other weekend events. And thanks to social media, selfies, and apps, Chicago Gourmet moments are not only shared in the park but with friends around the world. #ChiGourmet!
        But the heart of Chicago Gourmet has remained the same and we’re proud to have a decade of lively cooking demos, expert wine and cocktail seminars, and delicious food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings under our belt. Our ever expanding belt.
        This September, we’re turning 10 and you’re invited to the party. Join us for a toast to a decade of Chicago Gourmet, a toast to our loyal guests, and a toast to hashtags, apps, and kale. Trust us, we’ll be toasting all day.

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Premium wine, spirits, and beer tastings, and gourmet food samplings from famous Chefs and their restaurants.


Chicago Gourmet 2017

Mark your calendar! Coming your way September 22-24, Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet 2017 promises to be a fun-filled (and sun-filled) weekend of discovering new favorite chefs, restaurants, wine, spirits, and more. Start making your plans today.


Chefs. Somms. Mixologists.

More than 250 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs gather to present culinary demonstrations and tastings.


2016 Highlights Video!

Food is Art! And with a weekend full of outstanding food, wine, spirits, beer, and more, there's no shortage of art-filled highlights from the 2016 event. Check out the video...




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